Mature Content vNot For Childien El . AIRCEL COMICS • #3 • S2.5G/S3.0G in Canada Dirty Pictures #3 • June 1991 Introduction by John Wooley Last issue, we devoted some space to Majestic Studios, the art shop begun by Adolphe Barreaux in the late 1920s, and how Barreaux and the studio hooked up with Spicy pulp publisher Frank Armer and began knocking out interior illustrations to match the Spicy prose stories — the same kids of illustrations collected here in Dirty Pictures. And, as was mentioned in issue #2, it can be tough to try and figure out which artist did what piece of art. Of couise, since much — if not all— of it was coming from an art shop, a lot of the drawings could have been collaborations of one sort or other. Still, if we take the work in this issue — lovingly culled from a representative samphng of the Spicy titles of the '30s — we can at least match a few artists with illustrations. For instance: — The drawings from "The Curse Of The Cawnpore," 'The Walking Dead," and "The Cat That Killed" are by Joseph SokoU, who found steady employment with Barreaux from somewhere around 15 years, getting with the Spicy pulps at their begiimings and staying when tiiey toned down and became the Speed pulps, painting some covers for the group in the mid-to late '40s. — Besides Sokoh, the only other Spicy interior artist to sign his work with any regu- larity was H.L.V. Parkhurst. He's represented in this issue by an illo from "24 Hours To Go." Although the art is from Spicy Detective, Parkhurst seemed more at home illustrating costumed adventure with a little grander sweep, the kinds of stories more likely to be found in Spicy Adventure Stories. — ^Max Plaisted, the man whose work — for my money, anyway — defined the yen^sojs quoi oi the Spicy pulps better than anyone, is amply represented in these pages. Compare the illustrations for "Murder Mesa," "Fall of a Fiend," "Phantom of Fairmont," and "The Brute and the Beauty," and you' 11 gel a good idea of the characteristics of Plaisted's work — including a dean, sharp line, big eyes, and small-mouthed, sharp-chinned women who, if you' 11 excuse the sexist remark, look as though they could trip you and beat you to the floor, I also siispect that Plaisted had something to do with the two drawings from "Ghost Gift." Possibly, he pencilled them and Barreaux inked them; the inking style, with dominant solid blacks, recalls Barreaux's early versions of the "Sally the Sleuth" comic strip in Spicy Detective. — Barreaux himself is a Uttle harder to pm down, stylewise. Based on the run of the above-mentioned "Sally" strip, which Barreaux signed, it would seem that his art evolved from the sharp, dark, one-dimensional look of the early two-pagers to a more rounded, conventional comic-book style later on. A reasonably educated guess would put "Pinch-Penny, Bulldogger" and '7ewels of Wanoo" into the Barreaux canon. —Another guess makes the art for "Hearts of the Half-Dead" and "Blackmail Hotel" the work of H.W. Kiemle, whose fuzzily effective linework graced many a Speed pulp, and "Accusing Corpse" may have (Continued on inside back cover.) Dave Olbrich: Publisher Chris llm: Kditoi- Mickic Villa: Co-Ordiiiatine Editor Tom Mason: Creative Director Dan Danko: Fditorial Assistant Katy Llewellvn: C( Dirty PIcturM #3 • June 1 991 Dirty PlctuTM is published onca by Eternity Comics, a division of Malbu Graphics, Inc. 1355 Lawrence Drive #212, Newbufy Park. CA 91 320. 805/499-3015. $2.50 ■ $3,00 in Canada. This is a piece o( fiction and is intended to be read as such. No similarrties with any living or dead persons or real insttulions is intended. Any similarities are purely cdncidental. No portion of this publication may be reprinted witiiout flia consent of Maltou Graphics, Inc. Dirty P/du/ss*3ai991 Malibu Graphics, Inc. D/f<y PJcfures is a trademark of Malibu Grapfiics, Inc. Introduction ©1991 John Wooley. All other contents © 1991 Malibu Graphics, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. No subscriptions available. Scott Rosenberg/President. Chris UlmA/ ice-President. Dave Otorich/Treasurer. Tom MasoiVSecretaiy. Christine Hsu/ Controller. TAe Ulaughty Art Of The '30s Pulps "Watch, querlda, and see what happens to those who cross El Diablo Rojol" From "Murder Mesa" by James L. Gordon Originally appeared In Spicy Western Stories, Vol. 9, #2, March 1942. Dirty Picthres (r Both illustrations Irom "PInch-Penny, Buitdogger" l>y Laurence Donovan Originally appeared In Spicy Western Stories, Vol. 10, #2, November1942. ^ The Naughty Art Of The '30s Pulps ^ "Kind o'snoopin, ain't yuh, Tiny?" Plncher demanded. ^ 67 "Damn you, you're deadl' he gibbered. "I'll kill you myself this timet" From "Fall Of A Fiend" by Cary Moran Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Storfes, Vol. 2, #3, January 1 936. Tie Niiikty AM Of Tke '30i Pilps Tiiey heaid a real scream as the reflected girt brought her knife down. From "Fall Of A Rend" by Gary Moren Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, vo). 2, #3, January 1936. =^ Dirty Pictures The moment the house dick appeared, I shoved her at hfm. \\|j From "24 Hours To Go" by Mort Lansing Originally appeared In Spicy Detective Stoiles, Vol. 6, #4, February 1 937. ^ ^ 70 The Nauglity Art Of The 'SOs Pulp Over her fallen body he flashed the scimitar at Iwr throat. From 'The Curse Of The Cawnpore" by MagnusBredentieck Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stortes, Vot. 2, #2, December 1935. =^ Dirty Pictores "You beasti" she whispered. I wasnt afraid of that shlv~but I knevt she'd use Itr Glory lunged forward with the knife. "You're behind thisi I know you arel" Both from "Blackmail Hotel" t>y N. Wooten Page Originally appeared In Spicy Detective Stories, Vol. 6, #4, February 1937. Tlie Naughty Art 01 TUB '3fls Palp» In an Instant she had whisked the knife from her stocking. The muggs were trying to get out of the cab now... From "Blackmail Hotel" byN. Wooten Page Originally appeared in Spicy Detective Stories, Vol. 6, #4, Fetnnary 1937. Dirty Pictures From "Zannlnl's Puppets" by Justin Case Originally appeared In Spicy Western Stories, Vol. 7, #3, August 1938. =^ The Naughty Art Of The '3fls Pnlps Blood trickled down trom his mouth as he shuffled ahead ominously From "Ghost QlfT' by Clint Morgan Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 1 , #3, July 1 75 Dirty Piitihies It was the gntteUng neddace that he held up to them In the candlelight. Vz nvm "Ghost GIfr by Clint Morgan Originally appeared In ^Icy Mystery Stories, Vol.1,«3,July1935. Tkt Nii§kt]r »Pt 01 Tie '3fl x Pilpi From "Phantom Of FalrmonT by Ken Cooper Originally appeaiod In Spicy UyslBiy Stories, Vol. 2, #1, Novemlxr 1935. Dirty Pictures Even as he went down In the rush, he saw her legs flailing In the moonlight From 'The WalMng Dead" by E. Hofman n-lce Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #1 , Novemtier 1935. ^ The Naughty Art Of The '30s Pulps fr Her chant rose to a singing shriek as Gather approached. ^ From "Accusing Corpse" by Carl Moore Originally appeared In Sficy Mystery Stones, Vol. 2, #61 November 1 935. Dirty Pictures (r "Not lovel Not lover / / he shouted. "It's my repulslveness you think on" With all his might he attacked the monster towering over the girt. Both from 'The Brute And The Beauty" by Clint Morgan Ortglnally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #2, December 1 935. (r The Naughty Art Of The '30$ Pulps Ignoring the struggle, Parr turned to the girl. From 'The Brute And The Beauty" by Clint Morgan Originally appeared In Spicy Mys^y Stories, Vol. 2, #2, December 1 935. 81 Dirty Pictures They found her vrtth the knife In one hand, the gun lieslde her. From "Hearts from the Hall-Dead" l>y Colby Quinn Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, vol. 4, #3, July 1937. The Naiiglity Art Of The '30i Pilpi "This Is the one who must livel" From "Hearts from the Half-Dead" by Colby Quinn Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 4, #3, July 1 937. They pushed In staring at the woman lying glassY'eyed and Uoocty on the bed. From "Cat That Killed" bv Mort Lansing^ Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Storios, Vol. 2, #3, January 1936. Tic Nll|lt]| Art Of Tie '301 Flips Dirty Pictures Carrying Raplnee's assistant, Jotinny followed Rita. From "Murder Magic" by CaiyMoran „ , i, „ n„»K.r hub Originally appeared In Spicy DetecHre Stories, Vol. 5, #6,October 1936. '^ The Naugltty Art 0! The '30s Pulps (T with one hand be choked her cry... ^ From "Tomb Dweller" by E. Hoffman Prtce Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #2, December 1935. Dirty Pictures fr^ Death Is flying low," the woman cried, yet Lane Ignored her, pushed on Into the cavern of mystery toward the Devil's Pit. From "Bowels Of Darkness" by Phllllpe dl Mario "" Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #2, December 1 935. Dirty Pictures "The American soldier knows no fear. He will fight on this front until the last man drops." Both from "Yellow Belly" by Phillipe di Mario Originally appeared in Spicy Detective Stories, Vol. 3, #1 , May 1935. J The Naughtir Art Of The '308 Pulps Dirty Pictires "rm making a tour of the nIgM courts." he said grimly. "Don't watt lor me." From "Yellow Belly" by Pnillipe dl Mario Originally appeared In Spicy Delecl/re sroifea Vol. 3, #1 , May 1935. =^ The Naiilty Art Of Tie 'SOs Pnlps "Come on," he growled, "what spIR do you get from Zepol?" From "Yellow Bally" by Phlllipe dl Mario Originally appeared In Spicy Detec^ve Stories, Vol. 3, #1, May 1935. Vi^ Dirty Pictures 'Your clothes, honeyl" l called. 'Dress out therel" From "Pay Off, Or Elsel" by W.W. McKenna Originally appeared In Spicy Detective Stories, Vol. 5, #6, October 1936. The Naughty Art Of The '308 Pulps She crumpled slowly as he leaped forward. From "Killer's Snatch" by TTiomas H. Byrnes Originally appeared In Spicy Detecave StoHes, Vol. 3, #1, May 1935. Dirty Pictores From "Jewels of wanoo" by Qrant S. Sassaman Originally appeared In Spicy Mystery Stories, Vol. 2, #1, November 1 935. DIRTY PICTURES (Continued from inside front cover.) come from one Jay McArdle, another Speed artist. Both McArdle and Kiemle were part of a large group of artists who begiin getting credit in the pages of the Speed titles in late 1946. Others induded the wonderfully named Newt Alfred, WilUam Meiliok, Al Savitl, Robert McCarthy, Kingsland Ward (who may have been the great Spicy cover artist HJ. Ward), Frank Volp, Malcolm Kildale, William Finley and George Van Werveke. Interestingly enough, one "R. Manning" also appeared in Private Deteditie in the late '40s. Although the art isn't particularly distinguished, and done in what may have been a house style, if s possibly some of the great Russ Manrung's earUest work. He began his comic book career in the early '50s, after a stint in the Army, and if s quite possible that he could've knocked out a few drawings for Barreaux before his military service. If thaf s true, it makes the SpicyjSpeed pulps the only pulp line to have two Tarzan artists on ite roster — Rex Maxon, who drew the Tarzan newspaper strip in the '40s, also toiled for Barreaux at various times. There are still lots of mysteries about the originators of this frequently great art, though. Who, for instance, was the person responsible for "Bowels of Darkness"? He, or she, shows up a lot in the Spicy pulps, leaving behind the same stylized, tantalizing cryptic initials (LM? LMC? CLM?). And who was the artist who signed the cursive "L" to his art, including the drawings from "Yellow Belly" seen here? He, too, was a frequent contributor to the Spicy books, as was the artist on "Zannini's Puppets," whose etching-style w^ork was all over the titles in the mid '30s. In all likelihood, there's someone out there who knows the answers. Indeed, some of the old SpicyjSpeed artists are undoubtedly still working. We at Malibu Graphics would welcome any light they could shed on their n\ostly unJcnown and unheralded brethren, and we would also welcome correspondence from pulp fans who know, or think they know, a little more about who did what. Any takers? — John Wooley Malibu Graphics, Inc. publishes a wide variety! of comic books, trade paperbacks and graphic albums. 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